Malaysia’s Ambassador to Indonesia Zahrain Mohamed Hashim called on two Malaysian political leaders to stop causing confusion in Malaysian politics.
He said former Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad and DAP veteran leader Lim Kit Siang were frequently issuing statements which confused the people.
Citing an example, he said Lim claimed that he was neither anti-Malay nor anti-Islam, and added that the statement was issued with the motive of garnering votes from the Malays at the next general election.
He said to reporters here that Mahathir, when helming Umno, had branded DAP as a racist party but was now working with Lim.
Zahrain said the actions of the two “old men of politics” portrayed that Malaysian politics had yet to mature.
He said many people who once had great respect for Mahathir were finding his actions most disappointing.
Recently, Lim defended his action in cooperating with his former political adversary Mahathir in the campaign by the opposition to defeat the Barisan Nasional at the next general election.
Zahrain urged Malaysian opposition politicians to emulate the opposition politicians in Indonesia who, he said, never criticised the government openly in the national interest.
He said he observed that opposition politicians in Indonesia always cooperated with the government leadership to uphold the good name of the government and country.
“Politicians in Indonesia demonstrate political maturity and are only hostile during elections, after which those who have lost will accept their defeat with an open heart and never interfere in the government administration,” he said.
He also said that the former presidents of Indonesia also never openly criticised the government because they understood that every leader had a unique style of leadership.